President Vladimir Putin signed a law, effective from July 1, obligating foreign social media giants to open offices in Russia, as part of a broader campaign by Moscow to exert greater control over big tech companies.
The state communications organization Roskomnadzor published a list of foreign companies with more than 500,000 daily users that it said must comply with the law, and companies that violate the legislation could face penalties such as banning ads.
Named companies include Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and messaging app Telegram, all of which were fined by Russia this year for failing to remove content it considers illegal.
Apple, which has been targeted by Russia for abusing its dominant position in the mobile app market, was also on the list, and none of the companies immediately responded to requests for comment.
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